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Meeting God

By Peter Jeffery
January 2009 | Review by Paul Clement

Synopsis

In this book Peter Jeffery looks alternatively at contemporary situations and biblical characters who meet with God. He describes these events in an evangelistic way so that a challenge is brought to bear upon the reader as to his or her own standing before God. The situation of the sinner before the holy God is hopeless, and it would remain so apart from the grace of God. God's answer to our sin is Jesus. He alone is the Saviour who can take our sin away and purchase for us a full forgiveness and salvation.

  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • ISBN: 978-0852346716
  • Pages: 126
  • Price: £4.63
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Book Review

The lives of great characters in the Bible are recorded not merely for their exploits and adventures but for our instruction. Seeking to awaken the church at Corinth to the judgements of God, Paul writes of the Israelites, ‘Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come’ (1 Corinthians 10:11).

In this book Peter Jeffery gathers a selection of both Old and New Testament people who had dealings with God. He uses them to explain the good news of salvation in and through Jesus Christ.

Also, interspersed are chapters relating parables from everyday events. Some of these are the writer’s personal experiences, ranging from a heart attack to an imitation Rolex watch  all of which are used to illustrate some —spiritual truth and some of which are told with a little humour.

Among the character studies are Noah, Lot and his wife, David and Manasseh, Nicodemus, the Ethiopian eunuch and John the Baptist — bringing home such biblical doctrines as sin and grace.

God’s holiness and man’s unrighteousness are recurring themes, along with forgiveness made possible through the death of Christ. Peter Jeffery does not shy away from man’s fundamental problem of sin when meeting God — nor from the fact that God’s anger had to be appeased by the self-sacrifice of his own beloved Son.

This is another useful book for those beginning to seek God because it explains simply the message of the gospel.

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